By KATIE WALSH, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) Russian bear dogs have been found dead in Russia and authorities are investigating their deaths.
The Associated Press is not naming the dogs because they were euthanized.
Russian news agencies say the dogs were found dead Monday in a park in central Moscow.
A Russian government official told the Associated Press that authorities were investigating.
No dogs were euthoned in the past year, but they are rare in Russia.
The Russian bear is one of the most feared animals in Russia, with officials citing it as a threat to the safety of people, livestock and wildlife.
It’s not uncommon for the animals to be caught and euthanize themselves in Russian parks.